Nov. 21, 2009
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Jordan Sorrells passed for 272 yards and five touchdowns to power Furman to a 58-21 Southern Conference victory over Wofford in the final regular season for both teams Saturday afteroon at Paladin Stadium.
Sorrells, a senior playing in the final game of his career and the school's all-time leading passer, completed 25-of-36 passes, including touchdown strikes of 3, 13, 6, 6, and 29 yards to help Furman (6-5, 5-3 SoCon) build a 44-0 lead en route to the victory -- the largest in the series since 1995.
Sorrells' five scoring tosses marked a career high and represented the most by a Paladin quarterback since 1991, when Hugh Swilling threw five touchdowns in a 46-28 victory over VMI.
The win gave Furman a third place league finish and enabled the Paladins to close the campaign with back-to-back wins. Furman was picked to finish fourth and fifth in a pair of SoCon preseason polls by SoCon coaches and media.
The triumph also ensured Furman its 11th consecutive winning season and gave the Paladins a 7-3 record against Wofford (3-8, 2-6 SoCon) this decade.
"I'm very proud of our performance today and effort and leadership of our seniors," said Furman head coach Bobby Lamb. "Last year we performed poorly in our final two games, but this year we won our last two in impressive fashion. That will certainly help us going forward."
"We were our own worst enemy in the first half," said Wofford coach Mike Ayers. "You put the ball on the ground that many times against a team like Furman, you are going to pay the price. We came here a nicked up and beat up football team, especially defensively. Furman executed and got after us early, so give credit to Bobby and his staff. Offensively we could not get anything going because of the turnovers."
Wofford suffered six turnovers in the contest, including four fumbles and a pair of interceptions, which led to 35 of Furman's 58 points.
Furman posted a 469-286 advantage in total offense, rushing for 177 yards and passing for 292. Jerry Williams led all rushers with 14 rushes for a career high 98 yards.
Mitch Allen paced Wofford with 92 yards rushing and a touchdown on 16 carries.
The game saw junior wide receiver Adam Mims become Furman's all-time receptions leader, surpassing Isaac West (140 receptions, 2001-04). Mims, who caught seven passes for 99 yards and a touchdown in the contest, now has 143 receptions three seasons into his Paladin tenure.
Furman took command of the game early, scoring on its first four possessions to take a 28-0 first half lead.
A 3-yard touchdown toss from Sorrells to Jacob Longoria put the Paladins ahead 7-0.
Tersoo Uhaa's 3-yard scoring run on the Paladins' next possession capped a 10-play, 70-yard drive and increased the advantage to 14-0.
The Paladins took advantage of a Wofford turnovers to extend the margin. A Mitch McGrath interception and 18-yard return to the Terrier 32 led to a 13-yard scoring toss from Sorrells to tight end Chris Truss on the first play of the second quater. Then, following a fumble recovery by Furman linebacker Chris Wiley at the Wofford 45, the Paladins used eight plays to find the end zone again, this time on a 6-yard hookup from Sorrells to R.J. Webb to stretch the lead to 28-0.
The Paladins continued their assault with three third quarter scores, including a 6-yard Sorrells touchdown pass to Teroo Uhaa, 35-yard Matthew Cesari field goal, and 29-yard catch and run by Mims on the final play of the period for a 44-0 lead.
An 8-yard scoring run by Austin Palmer, 2-yard touchdown plunge by Mitch Allen, and 44-yard touchdown pass from Devin Reed to Mike Rucker helped Wofford cut the lead to 44-21 before a pair of scoring runs by reserve tailback Stephone LaFrance in the game's final three minutes closed the scoring.
Free safety Nathan Wade topped the tackle charts with a career high 16 stops, including 10 solos, and recorded his first career interception.
In its final two games, Furman outscored Georgia Southern and Wofford by a combined 52-0 in the first half (24-0 halftime lead vs. GSU; 28-0 halftime lead vs. Wofford)
Furman's 58 points against Wofford were the most scored by Furman against the Terriers in the series since 1937.
Senior wide receiver R.J. Webb finishes his career with 85 receptions for 1.082 yards and eight touchdowns. The 85 catches ties him for 14th on Furman's career receptions ledger with Jimmy Jordan (1966-68).
Senior quarterback Jordan Sorrells finishes his career with 6,278 passing yards, a Furman career record. His 42 career touchdown passes tied the Paladin career mark previously set by Ingle Martin (2004-05). His 6,248 yards in career total offense ranks him second in school history behind Martin (6,277 yards, 2004-05).
Senior plackicker Matthew Cesari converted 11-of-13 field goal attempts this year and completed his career making 20-of-25 attempts. His 134 career points ranks ninth all-time in Furman football history.